The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-11-02T01:52:18Z WeChat's powerful ecosystem enables local merchants to connect with Chinese users 2017-11-02T01:52:18Z wechats-powerful-ecosystem-enables-local-merchants-to-connect-with-chinese-users Sydney 02 November, 2017: WeChat has taken a major step through its first series of WeChat Connect events in Sydney and Melbourne to showcase its all-encompassing mobile ecosystem tailored for Australian merchants serving the Chinese community. As of June 2017, Weixin and WeChat have a combined reach of over 963 million monthly active users in China. This translates to a vast opportunity for businesses catering to the Chinese community and visitors in Australia. At the WeChat Connect event, the WeChat team together with their Australian partners demonstrated the innovative uses of the platform for various businesses to better connect with the booming Chinese market. Operating on a single platform, WeChat allows Chinese users to explore, connect and experience Australia all within one app. The WeChat ecosystem includes a number of functionalities including the WeChat Mini Program, a feature that allows users to experience various services without the need to download or install, WeChat Official Accounts for businesses and a mobile payment platform, WeChat Pay. Connecting Chinese users and businesses with WeChat Pay and Mini Program As the outbound travel segment continues to grow in China, more Chinese travellers purchase internationally and prefer to use mobile payment. WeChat Pay offers huge potential to serve as a payment bridge between travellers and Australian businesses. Chinese travellers are commonly looking for fast and convenient payment while shopping abroad. WeChat Pay, a payment feature integrated into the WeChat platform, allows users to complete payments quickly and easily with their smartphones. The WeChat Wallet features Quick Pay, QR Code Payments, In-App Web-Based Payments and Native In-App Payments. The use of WeChat Pay will solve many issues for Chinese users when they shop in Australia, and local merchants are able to leverage the large user base to gain loyalty and become even more competitive. Additionally, businesses are able to tap WeChat Mini Programs to engage users and build their brand and influence with the Chinese community. Mini Programs can be discovered in many ways, such as scanning offline Mini Program code, recommending by friends, clicking through Official Accounts or Discover tab, etc. Through Mini Programs, brands and merchants can offer loyalty programs, virtual gift cards and more. A new way to experience Australian cities WeChat also unveiled the WeChat City Experience Sydney Mini Program, a new way tourists can connect with a city through the app. The tool, previewed in partnership with Tourism Australia and Destination New South Wales, will offer Chinese tourists a different way to experience the popular destination through a self-guided interface that navigates key places of interest, all without leaving their everyday go-to app. “We know that Chinese tastes in tourism are maturing and their interests are increasingly focused on individual, experiential travel. It is great that as an industry, we can tap into the potential of the largest social mobile app in China to deliver more destination information on demand to high-value Chinese fully independent travellers,” said Tourism Australia’s Andy Jiang, Country Manager, China. This year the government announced that 2017 is the year of China Tourism, in an effort to drive continued growth in what is Australia’s most valuable tourism market. Last year, 1.2 million Chinese tourists visited Australia and by 2020 the sector has the potential to be worth more than $13 billion. “The WeChat Connect event offered a fascinating insight into China’s biggest social media platform. Chinese tourists, visitors, students, migrants, investors are pivotal in Melbourne’s growth story and it is crucial to educate local users and businesses on how to engage with this market. We look forward to future collaborations that will enhance Melbourne’s reputation as a Smart City and the most livable city in the world,” commented Councillor Philip Le Liu, City of Melbourne. BOC opens K1.2 million Gas & Gear in Papua New Guinea 2017-10-12T03:02:10Z boc-opens-k1-2-million-gas-gear-in-papua-new-guinea Lae, 12 October 2017: Leading gases and engineering company BOC, a member of The Linde Group, has opened its new K1.2 million Gas & Gear facility in Lae, Papua New Guinea at an official ceremony attended by local dignitaries, customers and staff.   John Evans, BOC South Pacific Managing Director, said the new Gas & Gear will strengthen BOC’s service to its customers across the mining, oil and gas, industrial, health, refrigeration and agriculture industries – with modern gas dock operations purpose-built for the local environment.   “BOC is proud to be expanding our operations with a new Gas & Gear that provides a central hub for customers to purchase industrial gas, welding and related products, and seek the best advice from our dedicated team of experts,” said Evans.   Celebrating its 50-year anniversary in Lae this year, BOC has a strong presence in the region with other sites that include its national head office, oxygen filling and storage facilities, and a cylinder testing shop.   “Since opening our first oxygen plant in Lae in 1967, BOC has continuously invested in infrastructure, safety and our people to ensure we meet the needs of our customers now and into the future. This new facility is part of our ongoing commitment to support local industries, agents and staff where we operate.”   The official ceremony included a blessing by Senior Pastor John Garu and cultural dance performance by the Bougainville Fellowship Group.   BOC is the leading gases and engineering company in Papua New Guinea, with operations in Lae, Port Moresby and Gerehu. The organisation employs more than 100 people nationally and has 16 distributor agents.      -ENDS-  About BOC:  BOC is a member of The Linde Group which supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment around the globe. The company develops safe, sustainable and innovative solutions for customers in many specialty sectors, heavy industry and medical environments. For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in industry and everyday life, including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care. For further information, see www.boc.com.pg.About Linde: In the 2016 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 16.948 bn, making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 60,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business, with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com   eMRD approved for deployment on the Defence Protected Network 2017-09-18T00:38:24Z emrd-approved-for-deployment-on-the-defence-protected-network After exhaustive testing, Electronic Maintenance Requirements Determination (eMRD), a software application that provides the ability to create or manage an existing Logistic Support Analysis Record (LSAR) and Weapon System Database (WSDB) has now been approved for use on the Defence Protected Network (DPN). Logistic Engineering Services (LES), the developer of the software, has entered into a long term contract with Defence for the supply of eMRD software licences and its on-going support. Since 2011, eMRD has been used by a number of SPO and Agencies as a stand-alone application. They have largely made this decision based upon perceived savings and efficiency gains over the then available corporate software. Many of these gains have been realised with feedback indicating efficiency gains of up to 75% over other processes and reduction in man hours to complete work. The contract facilitates the aggregation of the stand-alone licences onto the DPN and will be deployed in early September 2017. The contract also allows for additional licences to be added for future projects, Defence System Program Offices (SPO) and Agencies. With the approval of the software on the DPN this closes the gap between Defence and Defence Industry in the overall utilisation of the software. Now Defence Industry can be assured that when using eMRD, as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Airbus and others currently do, Defence has the capability to use the same software thereby removing compatibility issues when delivering LSAR as part of contractual requirements. A win win for all. eMRD was developed by LES to simplify the ADF Maintenance Requirements Determination (MRD) process. eMRD was built by analysts for analysts by ex-Defence technicians and MRD analysts who understand the day to day requirements of performing the MRD process. eMRD provides the ability to create or manage an existing Logistic Support Analysis Record (LSAR) and Weapon System Database (WSDB). The work processes of eMRD meet the requirements of the MRD Manual (AAP 7001.038) and is fully compliant with the data exchange requirements of MIL-STD-1388-2B and DEF(AUST)5692 Issue 2. eMRD has functionality to produce all Australian Defence and DEF(AUST)5692 mandated Instructions for Continuing Airworthiness (TMP and PSS), including standard ADF reports and additional eMRD specific reports that are essential for data validation and the management of the LSAR. The Graphical User Interface (GUI) for eMRD is intuitive and efficient, allowing users to be more productive and to focus on the task at hand. A key feature of eMRD is its ability to view an LCN/ALC by its Physical and Functional structure while simultaneously viewing its associated LSA configuration and data elements. The initial application was used by LES to undertake the maintenance review of the DHC-4 Caribou aircraft against an aggressive schedule. Since then, eMRD has been used by LES and its customers to develop, maintain or conduct detailed analysis including, Some of the major programs include: ·        Land 121 Phase 4 Hawkei ·        Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ·        Tactical Air Defence Radar System (TADRS) ·        F/A-18F Super Hornet ·        F/A-18A Classic Hornet ·        MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' Helicopter ·        C-27J Spartan ·        C-130J Hercules ·        P-8A Poseidon ·        ARH Tiger ·        MRH Taipan ·        PC-9 Trainer ·         AIR5431 Phase 2 FDATCSS When eMRD is used in conjunction with eLSA, the eMRD/eLSA suite is compliant with DEF(AUST)5692 Issue 2. The suite can be used for both the Acquisition and Through-Life Support phases of ADF materiel management. The eMRD/eLSA suite also provides LSA reports and ADAASS Project Dataset functionality. AIRASIA IN THE RING WITH BOXING CHAMP MANNY PACQUIAO 2017-06-24T05:48:47Z airasia-in-the-ring-with-boxing-champ-manny-pacquiao SEPANG, MALAYSIA - 24 June 2017 - Nine-time world champion AirAsia will be flying boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to Australia for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title defence. Pacquiao, the only boxer to have won titles in eight weight classes, will be defending his WBO welterweight title against Australia’s Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 2 July 2017. It will be his first defence of the title since winning it in a unanimous decision from American boxer Jessie Vargas in November 2016. AirAsia will fly Pacquiao and his team from their training camp in General Santos City in the Philippines to Brisbane on an Airbus A330 with special livery. The aircraft will feature an image of the Filipino boxer next to the Pacman and Pound-for-Pound logos. WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said, “In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight. With this agreement forged with AirAsia, I am inspired to give it all I got. “Teaming up with AirAsia makes it more special because we have been accorded the respect of the fans. I have been called the People’s Champion and AirAsia is a world champion airline, and I’m extremely proud to be flying with the Asean world champions.” AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Manny is a huge inspiration to the Philippines and the whole of Asean. We want to show that this region makes world champions and no one is a better example of this Manny. Manny is like AirAsia, climbing to the top and staying there after all these years through blood, sweat and tears, and we are very honoured to be able to support him once again.” Keep up to date with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). *** END *** PHOTO CAPTIONS DSC03516 / DSC03564.jpg Manny Pacquiao with his wife Jinkee preparing to depart from General Santos International Airport for Brisbane. DSC03565.jpg Close-up of the special AirAsia Airbus A330 Pacman livery. About AirAsia AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers carried, services an extensive network of over 120 destinations. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards nine times in a row from 2009 to 2017. AirAsia was also awarded World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth consecutive year at the 2016 World Travel Awards, where it beat a field of full-service carriers to become the first ever low-cost carrier to win World's Leading Inflight Service. AirAsia launches new group booking system for travel agents 2017-04-02T23:55:21Z airasia-launches-new-group-booking-system-for-travel-agents AirAsia launches new group booking system for travel agents 03 April 2017 – Leading low-cost carrier AirAsia has today launched an enhanced group booking system for travel agents using the AirAsia SkyAgent and Corporate Account trade portals. The new, automated group booking system enables agents to check and book fares and ancillary add-ons for up to 50 passengers, as well as manage customer details and payment options. Agents registered for the AirAsia SkyAgent portal can also contact a dedicated support email address or their account manager for queries regarding bookings made via the SkyAgent portal. AirAsia is Asia's leading low-cost carrier, with an extensive network of more than 120 destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. It’s also the only airline to fly direct to all 10 ASEAN countries, including some 60 unique routes in the region. AirAsia was named World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the eighth year in a row at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards and the World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth straight year at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Keep up-to-date with AirAsia's latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). ***ENDS*** For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com About the AirAsia Group AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 120 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and India, servicing a network stretching across Asia Pacific. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for eight consecutive years from 2009 to 2016. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. Lufthansa Technik selects OneStrand AIR – an Australian S1000D technical authoring platform 2017-03-16T01:42:28Z lufthansa-technik-selects-onestrand-air-an-australian-s1000d-technical-authoring-platform Absolute Data Group (ADG) continues to soar in 2017 with Lufthansa Technik announcing this week it is embracing OneStrand AIR for authoring technical documents to the ASD S1000D Specification (see announcement). OneStrand AIR is the first and only flexible cloud-based S1000D Common Source Database available globally. It utilises ADG’s R4i S1000D software as its platform for delivery to customers around the world. Lufthansa Technik will utilise OneStrand AIR to author technical manuals for its inflight entertainment and cabin management system nice®, with more projects to follow. The announcement comes hot on the heels of Virgin Galactic purchasing the R4i S1000D Software Suite for installation and use in-house (see announcement). Virgin Galactic is utilising the technology to create, manage and leverage technical information vital to the operation and maintenance of their human spaceflight systems. S1000D is the international specification for technical publications utilising a common source database. Developed over the past 20 years, S1000D has become a highly-regarded specification used globally across several sectors including defence, aerospace, transport and manufacturing. With an increase in the number of civilian and defence air component manufacturers requiring software that is S1000D compliant, ADG is reaping the benefits with more and more air programs selecting their joint venture company, OneStrand LLC, as their go to team. According to ADG CEO Tammy Halter, their ability to provide S1000D software in a flexible, hosted environment is positioning them as the industry leader, hence attracting high profile clients like Lufthansa Technik. “In an industry first, we are making access to S1000D solutions cheaper and easier with our new hosted platform OneStrand AIR,” said Ms Halter. “It is the first modular S1000D publishing suite offered as an online subscription service, enabling organisations to create, manage and deliver S1000D compliant technical information without the need to purchase software and infrastructure. “This enables individuals or teams to access and distribute content regardless of location while being supported by S1000D consultants, trainers and technicians. Other software suppliers can no longer hide behind exorbitant pricing often associated with working with S1000D data.” ADG plans to continue expanding in other verticals such as civilian shipping and rail manufacturing, where the S1000D specification is being increasingly used due to the benefits of data re-use; from design and engineering, through to training, maintenance, operations and parts management through-life. About Absolute Data Group (ADG) ADG is headquartered in Brisbane and was founded in 1997 as an SGML consulting business. Today ADG is recognised worldwide for its innovative and user-friendly S1000D software suite. About OneStrand ADG is a joint venture partner of OneStrand LLC, a full-service company offering hosted and installed S1000D software, authoring services and support to best manage critical technical content in the aerospace, defence and transport industries.    Embraer Phenom 300 Heading to Archerfield 2017-03-15T02:35:19Z embraer-phenom-300-heading-to-archerfield YOURJET Australia in conjunction with Embraer Executive Jets has confirmed that the Phenom 300 light jet will be stopping at Archerfield Airport on the 21st March as part of it’s Australian demonstration tour. This is the first time a factory Phenom 300 has been in Australia since 2010 and will be the first time the type has operated from Brisbane’s second airport. Launched in 2016, YOURJET Australia offers fractional shares in a fully managed ownership program and has selected the Phenom 300 for their fleet. The business model gives owners the ability to utilise any aircraft in the fleet, increasing their access to flights whilst keeping the cost of jet ownership affordable. The combination of low operating costs, exceptional performance and class leading interiors makes the Phenom 300 a perfect choice for fractional ownership. The Phenom 300 has been the standout success story for Embraer in recent years with the aircraft topping the business jet sales figures for the last four straight years. With over 300 aircraft now in service the Phenom 300 has proven its reliability and is a clear winner with light jet owners. Embraer and YOURJET Australia will be hosting private tours of the aircraft with people who are considering a jet purchase and want to see for themselves why the Phenom 300 is so successful. Anyone interested in viewing the aircraft should contact YOURJET Australia on 1300 598 538 by 14:00 17 March to arrange a time. AIRASIA X records first full year net profit since IPO of RM 230.5mil 2017-02-22T11:06:46Z airasia-x-records-first-full-year-net-profit-since-ipo-of-rm-230-5mil ​​ ​ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AIRASIA X RECORDS FIRST FULL YEAR NET PROFIT SINCE IPO OF RM 230.5mil 4Q16 MALAYSIA AIRASIA X FULL YEAR 2016 MALAYSIA AIRASIA X Revenue up 39% YoY Revenue up 31% vs FY2015 Passengers carried up 40% YoY Passengers carried up 30% vs FY2015 Capacity up 43% YoY Capacity up 22% Load Factor at 81% (down 2ppts) Load Factor up 4ppts YoY to 79% CASK down 11% YoY Operating Profit at RM276.0 million EBITDAR up 2% YoY Net Operating Profit at RM250.9 million Operating Profit up 14% Net Operating Profit up 34% Net Profit After Tax at RM230.5 million SEPANG, 22 FEBRUARY 2017 – AirAsia X Berhad (“AAX” or “the Company”) today reported its financial results for the Fourth Quarter (“4Q16”) and Full Financial Year ended 31 December 2016. AAX posted a quarterly revenue of RM1.17 billion, up 39% from the same quarter last year. The strong revenue recorded was on the back of a 40% year-on-year (“YoY”) growth in the number of passengers carried to 1.38 million which was in line with the 44% Available Seat per Kilometer (“ASK”) capacity growth, allowing the Company to record a load factor of 81%. Average base fare was down by 4% to RM565 mainly attributed to increased frequencies to Australia and promotional fares offered on new routes. Revenue per Available Seat Kilometer (“RASK”) was down 3% YoY from 14.27 sen to 13.83 sen during the quarter under review. The marginal drop in RASK was due to the expected increase in capacity on core existing routes to grow market share, putting downward pressure on yields. However, the Company’s cost, measured in terms of Cost per Available Seat Kilometer (“CASK”), was significantly reduced to 12.88 sen from 14.50 sen during the same period last year, representing a drop of 11% YoY. The decrease in CASK was due to the Company benefiting from a lower average fuel price environment and improved utilisation of aircraft. During the quarter under review, the Company posted a robust operating profit of RM100.1 million (up 14% YoY) and net operating profit of RM100.7 million (up 34% YoY). Net Profit after Tax (PAT) stood at 39.0 million, down 80% YoY, due to an unrealised foreign exchange loss of RM93.2 million, owing to unfavourable foreign currency movements in 4Q16. AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, “I am happy to announce the result of our continuous turnaround effort, contributing significantly to operational performance. We began 2017 on a positive note, with our first full year profit since IPO as we strengthen our business in core markets, especially China and Australia. It was a record-breaking year; we registered a strong operating profit of RM276.0 million and an exceptional net profit of RM230.5 million for the full financial year 2016, demonstrating a strategy that is working and which lays a solid foundation for sustainable growth going forward. We have the opportunity now to build on recent successes and accelerate our momentum in 2017.” “Malaysia AirAsia X (“MAAX”) has seen great capacity being injected in the fourth quarter to cater to rising demand for year-end holiday travel, as we seized the opportunity to invest substantial capacity to strengthen our leadership position in core markets. We believe will reap the benefits of this newly introduced capacity when it matures. Australasia routes continue to be MAAX’s highest revenue contributor at 36%, with 45% growth YoY on the back of higher passenger traffic due to increased frequencies into Australia; followed by China sectors.” “Thailand AirAsia X (“TAAX”) recorded lower operating performance mainly due to the short term impact on the tourism sector from the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the Thai government's crackdown on zero-dollar tours from China. Nonetheless, the outlook for TAAX in 2017 remains positive as Thailand is a natural tourist hub with traditionally strong inbound and outbound track record. Meanwhile, Indonesia AirAsia X (“IAAX”) A330 services remain temporarily suspended as part of a network restructuring aimed at improving operational efficiencies at IAAX.” “Overall, 2016 has been a great year for AirAsia X despite the challenging environment, demonstrating the commercial viability of the long-haul low-cost model.” Malaysia AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail added, “It was a very good quarter and a great 2016 for AirAsia X. We made a significant statement with our first full-year profit since listing on the stock exchange.” “Revenue for the fourth quarter crossed the RM1 billion mark, up 39% YoY, as scheduled flights revenue increased by 35% YoY. Ancillary revenue increased by 37% YoY to RM188.1 million boosted by new ancillary products such as the Premium Red Lounge in KLIA2 and our refreshed Xcite inflight entertainment offering, on top of higher baggage and seat fees.” “Cost remains the Company’s priority. CASK was reported at 12.88 sen, a reduction of 11% YoY, while CASK ex-fuel stood at 8.68 sen, representing a 16% drop YoY. Other than higher staff costs due to an increase in compulsory operational staff headcount required to accommodate the large capacity injection, and higher aircraft fuel expenses in line with higher fuel consumption, other cost items remain within expectation.” On the balance sheet, Benyamin highlighted, “We ended the year with a stronger cash position, up 36% YoY, to RM422.0 million in cash and bank balances. As we have previously mentioned, the management monitors the Company’s net gearing level closely to ensure that is constantly at a healthy and comfortable level. As at end 4Q16, the Company’s total borrowings has reduced to RM1.16 billion, lowering the Company’s net gearing ratio to 0.69 times due to lower total debt and an increase in cash.” Commenting on the Company’s outlook, Benyamin said, “Operationally, we have been able to execute most of our turnaround initiatives which have contributed positively to our 2016 financial results. Moving forward into 2017, we will focus on strengthening our market leadership through a number of strategies, including further stretching our aircraft utilisation rate with more incremental frequencies on high-yield routes and new routes. As we foresee the industry’s challenging environment persisting owing to currency volatility, the Management will continue to look for avenues to mitigate forex risk via hedging. In addition, we look to reduce the impact of foreign exchange rates by intensifying sales from stronger currency markets such as the AUD to offset USD bills. We have also set targets to ensure the Company remains lean through various cost initiatives and to maximise the operational synergies between AirAsia and AirAsia X. With this, we have built a recognised brand, exceptional practices, extensive network and we believe AirAsia X is in the right position to fly even higher in 2017.” ***ENDS*** About AirAsia X AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that serves 23 destinations across Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. AirAsia X operates a core fleet of 30 A330-300s with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 economy seats. The airline has carried over 19 million guests since commencing operations in 2007. AirAsia X was awarded the World's Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin and Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016.​ For further information please contact: Investor Relations: Hanif Idrose Ivan Alias Direct Line: (603) 8775 4549 Direct Line: (603) 8660 4600 Email: hanifidrose@airasia.com Email: ivanalias@airasia.com Communications: Mohd Fairuz Bin Abd Majid Direct Line: (603) 8660 4614 E-mail: mohdfairuzabdmajid@airasia.com For further information on AirAsia X, please visit the Company’s website:www.airasiax.com Statements included herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Such forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time. In the event such risks or uncertainties materialize, AirAsia X’s results could be materially affected. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the inherent uncertainty of airline travel, seasonality issues, volatile jet fuel prices, world terrorism, perceived safe destination for travel, Government regulation changes and approval, including but not limited to the expected landing rights into new destinations. AirAsia X says 'Aloha' to Hawaii! 2017-02-11T05:59:07Z airasia-x-says-aloha-to-hawaii AIRASIA X SAYS 'ALOHA' TO HAWAII! Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu from as low as AUD$156* AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun (middle) and AirAsia X Berhad CEO Benyamin Ismail(5th from right) jointly launched the airline's latest route to Hawaii in the presence of Representative Director and Co-CEO of Kansai Airports Emmanuel Menanteau (4th from right), Hawaii Tourism Japan Vice PresidentMitsue Varley (4th from left) and the incumbent Miss Hawaii Allison Chu (5th from left). OSAKA, 10 February 2017 – AirAsia X continues to lead the way with the launch today of its Hawaii route, the airline's maiden service to the US. The long-haul low-cost pioneer will operate a four times weekly service from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Honolulu, Hawaii via Osaka, Japan starting 28 June 2017. To celebrate the launch, AirAsia X will be offering fares from as low as AUD$156* from 11 to 26 February 2017 for travel from 28 June 2017 to 6 February 2018. During this offer period, guests wanting to travel in greater comfort can experience AirAsia X's award-winning Premium Flatbed from AUD$849*. From Australia, AirAsia X operates flights to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne (18 flights per week), Sydney (17 flights per week), Perth (14 flights per week) and Gold Coast (11 flights per week). Find these special introductory fares on airasia.com. Offer not available on AirAsia mobile app. AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, "This is the game-changing destination we have all been waiting for. By connecting Asean and North Asia to the US with our world-class low fares offering, we will make it possible for those who could only dream of a vacation across the Pacific to take that trip.” "We wish to thank all relevant authorities and governments for their support. Their vote of confidence made today's unique route launch possible and we will continue to work closely with all parties to ensure we can connect more people through this flagship intercontinental route." Also present at the press conference today were AirAsia X Berhad CEO Benyamin Ismail,Representative Director and Co-CEO of Kansai Airports Emmanuel Menanteau, Hawaii Tourism Japan Vice President Mitsue Varley and the incumbent Miss Hawaii Allison Chu. Guests transiting in Osaka do not require a Japanese visa during the two-hour stopover, and can return to their seats on the flight after clearing security with any carry-on luggage or belongings. Guests can also make use of AirAsia's Fly-Thru service to connect seamlessly to Honolulu from other cities within AirAsia and AirAsia X’s extensive flight network with just one additional stop. Alternatively, guests who want greater flexibility in travel planning can opt for the Multi-City option, which allows them to spend a few days in Osaka (Japanese visa required) before travelling onwards to Honolulu. Hawaii, nicknamed the Paradise of the Pacific, is formed by eight islands located right at the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Famed for its stunning natural beauty and unique indigenous culture, this tropical paradise is the only US state located in the Oceania. Honolulu, the capital city, located on the most populous island O'ahu, is a modern city that boasts island charms, including the world-renowned Waikiki Beach, once the site of vacation homes for the kings and queens of Hawaii. Keep up-to-date with AirAsia's latest promotions and activities via Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) and Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia). *One-way fares from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) inclusive of taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply.​ Subject to Japanese government approval. Flight Schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) to Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL) via Osaka, Japan (KIX) Flight No. From To Departure Arrival Flight Schedule D7 001 KUL KIX 1400 hrs 2125 hrs Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat D7 001 KIX HNL 2325 hrs 1230 hrs Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat D7 002 HNL KIX 1600 hrs 2025 hrs Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat D7 002 KIX KUL 2200 hrs 0400 hrs Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun Note: All times listed are local unless otherwise stated. ***ENDS*** About the AirAsia X Group AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that serves 22 destinations across Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. AirAsia X operates a core fleet of 30 A330-300s with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 economy seats. The airline has carried over 19 million guests since commencing operations in 2007. AirAsia X was awarded the World's Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin and Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016.​ For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com Aussies Spread their Wings and Opt to Fly Long Haul 2017-02-07T05:41:35Z aussies-spread-their-wings-and-opt-to-fly-long-haul Australians are staying in the air longer with 80 per cent of travellers looking for international destinations that are a six or more-hour flight away, according to the latest data from Cheapflights.com.au.   In the last six months, almost four million locals searched overseas getaways, and this number is set to increase as over two million Australians are already looking for international flights in 2017 – 82 per cent selecting long haul destinations over short haul travel (18 per cent).   Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Long haul travel is no longer the bucket list adventure it used to be, with more and more deals now available and making it easier for Aussies to explore the world.   “This is largely driven by new airlines entering the market with aggressive pricing strategies aimed at gaining quick market share, forcing the opposition to also adjust their fares to compete.”   Despite ‘The Trump Factor’, the US consistently ranks as a top three long haul destination for locals, with return flights as low as $959.89 – making it a relatively affordable option. The findings also reveal long haul favourites like India and China are seeing a surge in popularity.   With the number of Aussies whizzing through time zones increasing, Cheapflights.com.au has collated its top tips for fighting the travellers’ curse – jet lag – pre, during and post-flight.   Before: 1.       West is best - According to experts, by travelling in this direction, you’re extending your day, rather than shortening it (and losing time). It’s easier to stay up later than get to sleep when your body is not ready to rest, so think about your route to maximise your experience. 2.       Choose your flight times - Taking flights during quieter times such as midweek, early morning or late at night (and avoiding school holidays) could help. Depending on the route and class of airline, you’ll have more air and space to stretch out. 3.       Are you a good sleeper? - Can you sleep on a plane or do you find it impossible to nod off – distracted by fellow passengers, in-flight entertainment and the constant drone of an aircraft cabin? It’s the disruption of your natural rhythm that leads to jet lag, so if you are a sleeper then take a night flight so you can maintain your normal routine. If not, fly during the day. 4.       Get the best seat you can afford - Clearly, business or first class with lie-flat beds, capsules or pods will give you a better chance of rest than the smaller seats in economy. Could you upgrade one way, or perhaps buy a seat with extra legroom or get a bulkhead seat? 5.       Have a stopover - On a long-haul flight, a stopover will be necessary. This is a good chance to stretch your legs, get some rest and acclimatise. Dubai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong are popular and provide great jumping-off points for mini adventures too! 6.       Reset your clocks - A few days before you fly, and try to reschedule your bedtime by an hour or two.   7.       Hydrate - Drink lots of water before you fly to avoid dehydration and lay off the alcohol the night before. Experts also recommend about a litre per hour you spend in the air on top of drinks with meals. 8.       Check out the meal options - Choose carbs for a night flight if you’re planning on sleeping, or proteins to keep you awake and alert.   During: 9.       Reset yourself - As soon as you are on board, set your clock or smart phone to the time zone you are flying to. Start thinking as you would if you were already on holiday. It’ll help get you into the local mindset.   10.   Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz - If you’re going to sleep, eyeshades, earplugs, a pillow and warm blanket will all help. Maintain as much of your bedtime routine as you can, even changing your clothes. Tell your seat mate and the cabin crew that you’re going to try to catch 40 winks so you’re not disturbed.   After: 11.   Sleep - Have a power nap when you land. Try to keep it to 20 minutes so you don’t ruin your night time sleep. 12.   Stay hydrated - Drink water and avoid alcohol – again! 13.   Eat well - Refuel sensibly with lean proteins, a little fat and dark green leafy veg. 14.   Try to stay on schedule - If you’ve flown long haul for just a few days, stick with your home routines. If you’re on a longer trip, live as the locals do. 15.   Caffeine? Melatonin? Exercise? - A cup of coffee always helps to give a boost of energy! So does exercise, although don’t do it too close to bedtime. Many travellers swear by melatonin too, a sleep hormone that your body releases in the evening, letting you know that it’s time to rest.   For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  AirAsia announces 20% discount for all destinations 2017-02-07T00:50:22Z airasia-announces-20-discount-for-all-destinations Sydney, Australia - 7 February 2017 - AirAsia is offering a 20% discount for all destinations for travel from February through to July. Book now until 12 February 2017 for travel between 7 February 2017 and 31 July 2017 for low fares to all destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, China, Indonesia and many more. The discount applies to all bookings made through airasia.com, the AirAsia mobile app and AirAsiaGo. AirAsia BIG Members can also take advantage of the sale by redeeming flights using their AirAsia BIG Points. AirAsia Group Chief Commercial Officer Siegtraund Teh said, "This offer is 20% off fares across both our short-haul and long-haul network - even for Premium Flatbed seats on AirAsia X. Through our low fares, more Aussies and Kiwis can now travel to exciting destinations within our extensive flight network, many of which are exclusively operated by AirAsia and AirAsia X. We hope this helps our guests shake off those January blues as they look forward to a spring getaway." Guests are encouraged to pre-book their meals to ensure availability and to get the best - hot meals including one complimentary drink are available online from only $5.00. AirAsia is Asia's leading low-cost carrier, with an extensive network of more than 120 destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa. It is also the only airline to fly direct to all 10 Asean countries, including some 60 unique routes in the region. AirAsia was named World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the eighth year in a row at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards and the World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth straight year at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Keep up-to-date with AirAsia's latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). * Applicable only to base fare. Promotional fares not available during peak periods. Terms and conditions apply.​ ***ENDS*** For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com About the AirAsia Group AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 100 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries and beyond. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for eight consecutive years from 2009 to 2016. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. AirAsia X announces low fares to Wuhan, China 2017-02-01T03:56:06Z airasia-x-announces-low-fares-to-wuhan-china Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017. AirAsia X, the four-time winner of the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin and Premium Seat by Skytrax has launched daily flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Wuhan, China. Yellow Crane Tower, Wuhan The new route utilises the Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a capacity of 377 seats inclusive of 12 award-winning Premium Flatbeds. From Australia, AirAsia X operates flights to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne (18 flights per week), Sydney (17 flights per week), Perth (14 flights per week) and Gold Coast (11 flights per week). Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad said, “I am thrilled to announce flights connecting Kuala Lumpur to Wuhan, which is exclusively operated by AirAsia X Berhad. Together with our short-haul affiliate AirAsia, we are the largest foreign carriers into China, and Wuhan will soon be a virtual hub for the AirAsia and AirAsia X Groups as it is set to receive 32 weekly flights coming from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok and Phuket. “China is a segment that continues to record encouraging progressive performance every year and will remain to be the focus in AirAsia X’s network expansion strategy. We are committed to maintaining the positive growth in this core market as well as developing innovative products and services to meet the discerning needs of our guests. We wish to express and to put on record our sincere gratitude to Malaysian and Chinese governments, tourism bodies and airport authorities who have rendered us tremendous support in facilitating our continuous growth in this key market.” Fares start from AUD$199* one-way for standard seats, and from AUD$563* one-way for the award-winning Premium Flatbeds, and they are available for booking now until 5 February 2017 at airasia.com for the travel period of 22 March to 28 October 2017. The AirAsia Group currently operates 409 weekly flights across 45 routes to 17 different destinations in China from various Asean cities. In just 2015 alone the airline groups have carried over 5 million guests in and out of China, making the airline groups the largest foreign carriers in China. AirAsia X’s short haul affiliate AirAsia Berhad (flight code AK) is currently operating a daily flight service to Wuhan from Kota Kinabalu, while Thai AirAsia operates double daily flights from Bangkok and daily flights from Phuket to Wuhan, total weekly flights to Wuhan currently amount to 28. Wuhan is the capital city of the Hubei province and the most populous city in Central China. This sprawling city is the gateway to many historical sites such as the Ancient Chibi Battlefield, also known as the Red Cliffs which was depicted the epic war during The Three Kingdoms dynasty; Enshi Grand Canyon, a natural site with unparalleled views; and the Yandi Shennong Mountain, one of the best preserved primeval forest zones in China. In the city itself, visitors can also marvel at the Yellow Crane Tower, an ancient tower which has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times but still maintains its old world charm; stroll along Wuchang lake - the largest lake within a city in China, or sample delicious Hubei cuisines for a complete Wuhan adventure. Keep up to date with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). Flight Schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) to Wuhan, China (WUH) Flight No. From To Departure Arrival Flight Schedule D7 878 KUL WUH 1810 hrs 2320 hrs Daily D7 879 WUH KUL 0035 hrs 0535 hrs Daily *Fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply. ENDS For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com About the AirAsia X Group AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in the Asia Pacific region. The airline currently serves 22 destinations across Asia (Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Xian, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Wuhan, New Delhi and Kathmandu), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast), New Zealand (Auckland), the Middle East (Jeddah, Tehran) and Africa (Mauritius). AirAsia X operates a core fleet of 30 A330-300s, each with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 Economy seats. The airline has carried over 19 million guests since it commenced long-haul service in 2007. AirAsia X was awarded the "World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin" and "Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat" at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for four consecutive years from 2013 - 2016. AirAsia group is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the ICheckit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. AirAsia X cleared to fly to the US 2017-01-24T18:08:33Z airasia-x-cleared-to-fly-to-the-us ​ ​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ​​ AIRASIA X CLEARED TO FLY TO THE US A tribute to Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin: First Asian LCC to successfully secure US FAA approval SEPANG, 25 January 2017 - AirAsia X has received clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to fly to the US. The airline is the first Asian low-cost carrier to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to the US. The approval allows AirAsia's long-haul, low-cost sister airline to operate services to any destination within the US. AirAsia X is currently considering flights to several US states including Hawaii as part of its route expansion plans. AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, "This is a major milestone for AirAsia X. Our expansion up until now has concentrated on Asia, Australasia and the Middle East, and we are excited about our first foray into an entirely new market as we look beyond Asia Pacific." "I'm confident travellers will respond well to our award-winning service and the kind of connectivity we can offer with our Fly-Thru product. As part of our expansion plans, we are also looking to resume our very popular London route, and are working towards securing the necessary approvals." He added: "None of this would be possible without our Allstars, especially Group Chief Operating Officer Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin, who sadly passed away two weeks ago. We wouldn't be where we are today if he had not laid the foundations with his blood, sweat and tears, and his bravery in the face of cancer showed us the true meaning of strength. This is for you, Anaz." A pioneer in travel and technology, AirAsia offers a wide range of innovative products such as mobile app, extensive self-service options, inflight wifi, inflight entertainment, premium coffee, online duty-free shopping, Premium Flex and Fly-Thru. Fly-Thru allows guests to seamlessly connect to anywhere within AirAsia's wide network with just one stop at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Asia's No. 1 low-cost carrier hub - and other convenient transit hubs in Thailand and Indonesia, without having to pass through immigration and with their baggage checked through to the final destination. AirAsia Group boasts an extensive route network to over 120 destinations in Asia Pacific, including some 60 unique routes within the Asean region, and unmatched flight frequencies. AirAsia X introduces new Xcite Inflight Entertainment 2017-01-20T03:27:31Z airasia-x-introduces-new-xcite-inflight-entertainment AirAsia X introduces new Xcite Inflight Entertainment Pre-book the Xcite tab now via airasia.com KUALA LUMPUR, 19 January 2017 – Guests travelling on board AirAsia X (flight code D7) flights* will now enjoy an enhanced inflight experience with the introduction of the latest Xcite Inflight Entertainment tab which offers hours of entertainment with a wide range of content, high resolution touch screen device and an advanced audio technology right at the comfort of their seats. The Xcite Inflight Entertainment tab, which supports five languages (English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese) is complimentary for all Premium Flatbed seats, while guests travelling on Economy seats will be able to pre-book the tab viaairasia.com for only RM49, or request for it while onboard at RM60. Benyamin Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X Berhad said, “We are continuously looking for ways to give our guests an enhanced travelling experience with AirAsia X. The all-new Xcite Inflight Entertainment which offers a wider range of content and an improved viewing device for a seamless viewing experience will definitely give our guests value for their money. The content will also be regularly updated to ensure our guests are getting the best quality entertainment when they travel with us.” Guests will be able to view popular Hollywood blockbusters, as well as other international and local movies, apart from TV shows; and listen to music, play games, browse magazines, and even shop while they fly as the AirAsia BIG Duty Free catalogue is also included in the tab. Visit airasia.com to view the complete and updated entertainment program list. The Xcite tab is a Huawei Mediapad 2 that comes with a 10.1” Full HD widescreen display, Harman Kardon audio technology for a richer acoustic experience and headset. To find out more and to keep updated with the latest AirAsia news, activities and promotions, follow AirAsia on Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). *The Xcite Inflight Entertainment will not be available for flights to/from Auckland, Jeddah and Kathmandu. ***END*** Xcite Inflight Entertainment Premium Flatbed Guests Complimentary Standard Seats (including Quiet Zone) Pre-book at RM49 only Onboard at RM60 (limited quantities available, so pre-book is encouraged) Australians Map Route to China 2017-01-18T23:53:16Z australians-map-route-to-china Droves of Australians are jetting off to the East with searches for travel to China more than doubling (52 per cent) in the last year, according to new data from Cheapflights.com.au.     Propelled by stronger tourism ties between Australia and China – with new routes[1] and the arrival of more Chinese airlines to Australian terminals[2] – Aussies are most likely (22 per cent) to spend half their annual leave (14 days) exploring this unique region.      Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said, “Since the announcement of a new service between Adelaide and Guangzhou, we’ve seen the city surpass Shanghai as Australia’s favourite Chinese destination.   “National searches to this sprawling metropolis have surged by 269 per cent year-on-year, with departures from South Australia increasing by 17 per cent.”   The growing access between the countries has also sparked greater competition, driving airfares down. For example, exploring the capital, Beijing, will cost Aussies 37 per cent less than in 2015. Sydney is the most affordable airport to depart from with return airfares from just $643, followed by Brisbane ($700) and Melbourne ($795).   “Getting to China will be more convenient and budget-friendly for Aussies in 2017. The new tourism partnerships also mean that the same is true in reverse – and we expect to see a steady increase in reciprocal travel numbers throughout the year.   “China is already Australia’s most valuable inbound tourism market, set to be worth $13 billion by 2020. And with the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, designating 2017 as the Australia-China Year of Tourism, the number of travellers and in turn, the economic benefit to the country, is set to skyrocket,” said Nathan Graham.   For more information about visiting China, visit Cheapflights.com.au.   ENDS    [1] 2016, Tourism Australia, Aviation (Tourism Statistics): http://www.tourism.australia.com/statistics/aviation.aspx [2] 2016, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Australia and China agree open aviation market: http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2016/December/dc209_2016.aspx